To assist you in making sure class times do not conflict, print out the time card and follow these points.

  • A student may take only one course at a given time period.
  • Some courses have separate laboratory, discussion, or recitation meetings. Be sure to include all the course meeting times when arranging your registration.
  • Many courses open to new students are offered at two or more different time periods. Select one that best fits your schedule.
  • Classes are filled on a first come basis. Unless you already expect to major in the field or in a field for which that course is a requirement.

Required Classes

Every first-year student should register for 17 credits as follows:

  • CSEM 100: College Seminar (2)
  • CMHR 100: The Common Hour (1)
  • CWRTG 103 or 104: College Writing (2)
  • Three additional 4-credit courses

Selecting Courses

  • Review the on-line course list and select 4 or 5 courses you would be interested in taking. These should be introductory or intermediate course (100 or 200 level numbers); first-year students are generally not eligible to take advanced courses (300 level) unless they place into an advanced language class.
  • Complete any relevant foreign language placement exams to determine your language placement and register for the appropriate language course if you intend to continue the language at Drew.

Please be sure to complete all relevant placement exams before you come to campus.

When Selecting Your Three Additional Courses Consider:

Choose Introductory and Intermediate Courses Only: First-year students may not enroll in upper-level courses (any course with a number 300 or above) with the exception of students who place in a language course at the advanced level.  A list of courses normally offered to new students can be found here.

General Education requirements: Drew’s general education program is designed to be spread through your four years, so you do not need to complete all of your requirements in the first two years. However, you should consider choosing courses that fill such requirements as breadth, quantitative or diversity while also giving you the opportunity to try out some fields you might be interested in. All courses that fill general education requirements will be listed with the appropriate area designation after them on the course list, so that you will know easily what requirements they fill. The designations are:

  • [BNS] Breadth—Natural Science
  • [BSS] Breadth – Social Science
  • [BH] Breadth – Humanities
  • [BA] Breadth – Arts
  • [BI] Breadth—Interdisciplinary
  • [Q] Quantitative
  • [DUS] U.S. Diversity
  • [DIT] International/Transnational Diversity
  • [WI] Writing Intensive

A single course may fulfill two general education requirements except in the case of breadth where five different courses must be taken in the five categories. The ability to double-count courses in your general education can help you make space in your schedule, so plan carefully.

We strongly recommend that you review the full general education requirements.

Physical Education: Although work in physical education is not required for the degree, students are encouraged to enroll in courses and activities sponsored by the physical education department. With a few exceptions, physical education courses carry one academic credit each. No more than four credits from physical education courses may be counted in the 128 credits required for the B.A. degree.